Police are on alert against potential looters as well as facing the task of recapturing the escaped prisoners. Maintaining public order will be a priority.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (TWC) issued an initial warning for Chile, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia and Panama. Officials acted quickly to evacuate tens of thousands of people, anticipating this would be a 'big one'.
A state of emergency has been declared in the affected areas.
In North America the west coast has also been experiencing 'rumblings' recently with quakes triggering fears that a massive earthquake may be on the cards.
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